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The Contessa Interviews Russian Pianist Vassily Primakov


Vassily Primakov

32-year old Russian pianist Vassily Primakov opened the Tuesday Evening Concert Series 2011-12 season in Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia on Tuesday, October 4, with an exciting program of Schubert, Schumann and Chopin. In a September 20th interview with WTJU's Contessa, Primakov talked about his early training, competitions, recordings and the concert program. Primakov has won numerous competitions, including the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation's "Young Artist of the Year." In 2009, Primakov's Chopin Mazurkas recording was named "Best of the Year" by National Public Radio and that same year he began recording the 27 Mozart piano concertos with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark. BBC Music Magazine (November, 2010) praised the first volume of Primakov's Mozart concertos:

The piano playing is of exceptional quality: refined, multi-coloured, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced, both in itself and in relation to the effortlessly stylish orchestra. The rhythm is both shapely and dynamic, the articulation a model of subtlety. By almost every objective criterion, Vassily Primakov is a Mozartian to the manner born, fit to stand as a role model to a new generation.

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